FULL TIME: Bayern Munich hold on 2-1 to win the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Semifinal against Chelsea. Huge win. The second leg will be next Sunday.
90’- FIVE minutes of stoppage time. Wow.
90’- Both teams looked gassed here. Time is ticking away. Bayern bring on Sørensen for Magull for fresh legs.
85’- Huge defensive stop from Bayern. Lohmann is stripped in midfield by Leupolz, and she leads the break. The ball ends up at the feet of Kerr in the Bayern penalty area, but the Bavarians stand strong and block her shot attempt. Still 2-1 to Bayern.
81’- Bayern break out on a counter, but the ball is cleared by Chelsea for a corner. Nothing comes of the ensuing corner kick.
77’- Bayern are making a double change. Beerensteyn and Laudehr are off for Dallmann and Wenninger.
73’- Ji smashes it off the Bayern crossbar from outside the box. England tries to head in the rebound, but Benkarth collects. Bayern still lead 2-1.
70’- Chelsea brings off Harder for England.
66’- Chelsea now make their first change bringing on Charles for Reiten.
62’- Bayern make the first change of the day bringing on Schüller for Bühl.
56’- SUPER TOR! Glas goes on a solo run through the midfield along the right side and curls a beautiful shot inside the top right corner. Just a picture perfect goal. Wow!
Unfortunately, Chelsea goalkeeper Berger appears to have hit her head on the goalpost trying to make the save. It looks like she’ll be okay to continue.
46'- The second half has kicked off.
Halftime: The two sides head into the halftime break with the score level at a 1-1. It’s a fair result at the break, as neither side has really managed to take control of the match. It’s the semifinals, so these are two pretty equal teams despite the number of missing players for Bayern.
44’- Simon whips in a cross from distance, but Beerensteyn is only barely able to get her head to it.
37’- The game has settled a bit, but it still feels that a goal could come at any minute for either side. At the moment, Chelsea’s attacks feel a little more dangerous, but nothing is really coming off it so far.
22’- Goal Chelsea. Just a huge bit of a luck for Chelsea. Simone Laudehr goes to head a free kick clear, and it deflects off of Leupolz’s face and loops over the head of Benkarth into the Bayern goal.
12’- TOR FC BAYERN! Hanna Glas whips in a cross that Berger flaps at in the Chelsea goal. Sydney Lohmann is there to knock in the goal to put Bayern up 1-0!
10’- Both teams have come out to a fast start in this one. Why there haven’t been any real chances from either yet, both Bayern and Chelsea are knocking the ball around trying to feel each other out.
1’- Kickoff in Munich!
Lineups are out
The lineups are out for the match. Jens Scheuer has gone with his regular squad except with Lea Schüller starting this one from the bench. Expect her to come in like a firecracker in the second half. The lineup also sees the return of Laura Benkarth who's been out for a few weeks due to injury.
The Chelsea squad features former Bayern midfielder Melanie Leupolz around with former Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder.
For the second time in club history, Bayern Munich will compete in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Sunday’s match against Chelsea will be a monumental clash, and we’re lucky enough to be able to watch it on YouTube (link embedded below).
Bayern’s first appearance this late in the competition came two years ago, when the Bavarians lost 0-2 on aggregate to Barcelona. This time, the squad is nearly completely different, and a new coach is in charge. And now, with perennial winner (seriously, they won five in a row) Lyon out of the competition, the title is up for grabs.
Bayern have hit a dip in form heading into this stage of the competition which is unfortunate. After conceding six goals in all competitions through the end of May with zero losses, Bayern have conceded seven goals and lost two of four matches. Chelsea, meanwhile, are flying. In addition to crushing Wolfsburg 6-1 in the Champions League, Chelsea are riding a thirteen match unbeaten run.
The match will also mark the return of former Bayern captain Melanie Leupolz to Munich.
The other semifinal will kick off two hours before Bayern vs Chelsea. That match features Paris Saint-Germain taking on Barcelona. That’s right. For the first time
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